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Live at Jittery Joe's [Enhanced, Live]

Jeff Mangum Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Live
  • Label: Orange Twin
  • ASIN: B00005M09D
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,041 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. I Will Bury You in Time 2:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Gardenhead 3:440.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Two Headed Boy Part Two 5:370.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Love How You Love Me 3:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Engine 5:130.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Naomi 5:190.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Jesus Christ 1:250.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Up and over We Go 2:520.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Oh Comely 7:530.89  Buy MP3 


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Now avaialable again Jeff Mangum will be in the UK for All Tomorrow's Parties (March 9-11) as well as 2 sold out London shows at Union Chapel March 13-14...Jeff Mangum 'Live at Jittery Joe's' is the first live recording of Jeff to be released to the public. The solo acoustic show took place at a local coffee house in Athens, GA in 1997 and was recorded onto high 8 video by R.E.M. cameraman and independent film maker, Lance Bangs. The CD consists of both audio tracks (playable on any CD player) and the video image (viewable on both Mac and PC computers using Quicktime movie viewer). Jeff Mangum is well known as the lead singer and songwriter for Neutral Milk Hotel, but he has previously never released any of the solo performances that were so enjoyed by the local community in his home town of Athens. This record contains both solo versions of songs that were used on 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' and previously unreleased songs that were never played by the band. Highlight's include an amazing version of Phil Spector's 'I Love How You Love Me' as well as the swooning children's song 'Engine' (written by Mangum). The video image shows Mangum in 'the Starlit Crypt', a room covered with Christmas lights, performing a highly intimate show with a small child dancing at his feet. For all of those persons who were never able to see Jeff Mangum and/or Neutral Milk Hotel play live, and even the one's who did, this album will be a real treasure.

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file : neutral milk hotel. Live solo performance incl. Phil Spector cover & an original track unavailable elsewhere.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Lost" work 8 Jan 2006
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Mangum is the frontman of the acid-weird indie-rock group known as Neutral Milk Hotel. "Live at Jittery Joe's," a recording made at a Georgia coffeehouse between Neutral Milk Hotel's two albums, is a casual, offbeat little live recording. It's not astounding, but it's pleasant.
In it, Mangum takes requests and plays various songs from both albums -- a faster version of "A Baby For Pree," the enjoyably weird "Engine," a cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me," and versions of ""Where You'll Find Me Now" and "Two-Headed Boy Part 2" that alter the original lyrics ("In my dreams you're alive/And you're crying..."). A few of Mangum's songs stumble: "I Will Bury You in Time" is weak by comparison, and songs like "Gardenhead" suffer musically from a lack of fuzz guitar.
Mangum tends to create strange, tangled, vivid songs, and they don't lose their punch because he's playing acoustic music in a coffeehouse. "Live" feels very casual and relaxed, as if he's really enjoying what he's doing. "Live"'s sound quality suffers somewhat, since it is basically a bootleg. It could use some tighter editing and some cleaning up. (Will no one take the baby out of the coffeehouse?)
It's also nice to hear some alternate versions of already existing songs ("Baby For Pree"), as well as unreleased material ("Engine"). Not to mention some spur-of-the-moment changes -- mashing together a song about Jesus to a Neutral Milk Hotel song, for example. It's weird, but it works.
But the brilliant guy behind Neutral Milk Hotel is in fine form here. Mangum's flawed voice is solidly poignant, very strong and emotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So, you like Neutral Milk Hotel? 25 May 2011
By Ben
Format:Audio CD
In that case this album is pretty much a must have. With alternative versions (if only slightly) of Two-Headed Boy Parts 1 & 2, Baby For Pree, Gardenhead, Oh Comely and more it will certainly be an interesting trip for Neutral fans. I will agree with the other reviewer that the sound quality is not quite perfect, but apart from that I really can't see why this album doesn't have the same notoriety as Avery Island or Aeroplane. It fits perfectly between the two, and shows Mangum's evolution from Avery to Aeroplane incredibly well - I for one actually prefer most of the songs on this album to their original (especially Gardenhead - it works so much better for me on acoustic) even if you have to wait for a couple of minutes at the end of Engine for Jeff to move on.

A warning on the Phil Spector cover though - it's the ONE track on this album which I don't like and feel the need to skip. Give it a try, by all means, but for me it's the song which Jeff (although I credit him for trying) can't quite pull off. The singing's out of key and makes me cringe a little...

Other than that though I'd say it's a pretty solid album. Liked Neutral Milk Hotel? Then you won't regret buying a copy of Jittery Joe's.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I would pay whatever it took to see Jeff Mangum perform. 7 Dec 2005
By Wendell Chancellor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you told me Jeff Mangum would be playing again for a few friends at a coffee house in Athens, Georgia: I would leave before you finished telling me. I would pay just about whatever price it took to get there. I would ride forty hours on a bus. I would drive through two nights. I would take rides from truckers who listen to nothing but Neil Diamond.

And I would do it just to hear Jeff perform again.

You see, by the time I first tuned in, the Jeff-Mangum-Neutral-Milk-Hotel-Elephant-Six train had left the station. By then, all chances of seeing Jeff and NMH perform live had long since dried up. This is why "Live at Jittery Joe's" is such a gift.

"Live at Jittery Joe's" offers a glimpse of an artist on the brink. Jeff is about to paint his masterpiece. He will record "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" within the next year or so of this performance. The fascination of "Live at Jittery Joe's" is hearing that all the elements are there--waiting for Jeff (and NMH and Robert Schneider) to bring them together.

There is a haunting beauty and an emotional ache about "Live at Jittery Joe's." At no moment is it deeper than when Jeff sings Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me." We ache because we know the end of the story; NMH records "Aeroplane," tours, tours some more, and then Jeff falls of the map. Perhaps for good.

For me, the most poignant moments come in watching the Quicktime video of the evening (included with the CD). In some measure, Jeff's music is about childhood, innocence and the loss of that innocence. During the video, Jeff fades into the darkness and the camera follows a two-year-old girl, playing in the background. Her image matches and intensifies the effect of the music.

Realistically, this shouldn't be your introduction to Jeff's music. Buy "Aeroplane" first. Digest it some. Buy "On Avery Island." Then you will be ready for "Live at Jittery Joe's."
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vulnerability at its most beautiful 9 Sep 2001
By "twoheadedgirl" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Mangum has a way with words that I have never encountered before. At first listen, his songs sound unassuming and happy, but slipped into their charming melodies are heartaching stories of unresolved love and pain (many loosely based on the Diary of Anne Frank). His voice is untrained and vulnerable and utterly captivating with its unusual turns. His lyrics are obscure and strange, becoming more accessible and beautiful with further listening.
Recorded in 1997, Jitter Joe's provides an intimate conglomeration of "On Avery Island" and early versions of songs from "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea", plus a wistful cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me". "Two Headed Boy Pt. Two" stands out in particular, with alternate lyrics from the album, along with "Naomi" and "Oh Comely". Where the previous versions of these songs are accompanied by trumpets and electronics, Jeff Mangum plays alone on this album, and offers a simple but poignant look at the man who is the genius behind Neutral Milk Hotel. There is much interaction with the audience between tracks, and interesting explanations for some of the songs are given. The entire show is included on the CD as a Quicktime video. An absolutely incredible album.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Mangum's "lost work" 6 April 2004
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Mangum is the frontman of the acid-weird indie-rock group known as Neutral Milk Hotel. "Live at Jittery Joe's," a recording made at a Georgia coffeehouse between Neutral Milk Hotel's two albums, is a casual, offbeat little live recording. It's not astounding, but it's pleasant.
In it, Mangum takes requests and plays various songs from both albums -- a faster version of "A Baby For Pree," the enjoyably weird "Engine," a cover of Phil Spector's "I Love How You Love Me," and versions of ""Where You'll Find Me Now" and "Two-Headed Boy Part 2" that alter the original lyrics ("In my dreams you're alive/And you're crying..."). A few of Mangum's songs stumble: "I Will Bury You in Time" is weak by comparison, and songs like "Gardenhead" suffer musically from a lack of fuzz guitar.
Mangum tends to create strange, tangled, vivid songs, and they don't lose their punch because he's playing acoustic music in a coffeehouse. "Live" feels very casual and relaxed, as if he's really enjoying what he's doing. "Live"'s sound quality suffers somewhat, since it is basically a bootleg. It could use some tighter editing and some cleaning up. (Will no one take the baby out of the coffeehouse?)
It's also nice to hear some alternate versions of already existing songs ("Baby For Pree"), as well as unreleased material ("Engine"). Not to mention some spur-of-the-moment changes -- mashing together a song about Jesus to a Neutral Milk Hotel song, for example. It's weird, but it works.
But the brilliant guy behind Neutral Milk Hotel is in fine form here. Mangum's flawed voice is solidly poignant, very strong and emotional. His acoustic guitar playing doesn't have the texture of his band's electronic/fuzz sound, so expect something more folkie than indie. His guitar playing is strong and pleasantly quirky.
Despite subpar sound quality and some songs that don't work, Jeff Mangum's "Live At Jittery Joe's" is intimately odd. A curiosity for fans of Neutral Milk Hotel.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Field recording of a beautifull performance..... 30 Aug 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Stunning document of Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum performing a small show in an Athens, Georgia coffehouse in the time between the release of "on avery island" and the recording of his landmark "in the aeroplane over the sea." Early versions of the material for that album are played for the first time in public, to what sounds like a handfull of friends who engage Jeff throughout the performance with conversation and requests. The simple stereo field recording of Jeff's voice and acoustic guitar is perfectly suited to the material, and a genuine sense of intimacy comes across. One after another the songs are jaw dropping, culminating with the unveiling of "oh comely" in a possessed version even more affecting than one found on "ITAOTS." The entire show is also included as a Quicktime movie, and gives a subdued, backlit glimpse of Jeff losing himself in the performance, seated while the room seems to glow over his shoulder and a child plays at his feet. Remarkable.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the song as poetry, and other reasons people are windbags 1 April 2005
By C. Hopf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What's your idea of a song? Personally, I do want good musicianship; I don't want to hear a garage band who can't keep time try to play songs that were awful in the first place. But more importantly, I look for good lyrics. I think what makes good lyrics is whether they can stand on their own, basically as poetry. A song should be the extended form of poetry.

Having said that, I have read a few reviews, on Amazon and other places, where the writers criticize Mangum's lyrics because they don't get them, or because fan they have spoken to don't understand them, and thus, by logical reasoning, they must be completely nonsensical ravings of a "pretentious" artist. But does misunderstanding mean a song, or a poem, is not any good? I would guess that the majority of people do not understand The Wasteland, but still it is considered to be the 20th century's greatest English language poem. Who has labeled it in this manner? Scholars who have studied poetry a lot more than me.

If literature is not understood the first time it is read (heard), or even the second or third, and is thus labeled as garbage, we might not have The Wasteland, or Ulysses, or Gravity's Rainbow, or hundreds of other works that actually take time and brain power to understand. Although I understand that most popular music today is made for people who have developed incredibly short attention spans and have the incessant need for immediate payoff and understanding, it doesn't mean that all music has to be made this way, nor does it mean that if someone does not follow this formula it immediately forces the work into the category of uselessness or gibberish. So, if you hate Mangum's work because you don't understand it, I can understand that, as you've been accustomed to being treated as a nonthinking fool by so much music, but I still don't believe it to be valid reasoning.

And I've heard complaints of the recording quality. Well, this is a LIVE recording. It was not recorded in a studio. Live recordings are never as good as studio recordings (well...hardly ever). If you expect perfect sound quality from music and cannot stand anything less, don't get this cd. However, if you trade or dabble in live bootlegs, or even go to shows, it is an average, perhaps a little above average recording. Yes, you can hear the crowd, and yes there is a baby in the crowd. Big deal. That is what live means.
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